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Canadian Strawberry


unknown parentage

discovered in Solon, Maine -- planted early 1900's

 

Antonovka rootstock, from Fedco 2013

Carroll grafted to top 2018-21

 

young Canadian Strawberry apple tree

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Purchased from Fedco in 2013 on standard Antonovka rootstock, as a fall ripening apple with unknown parentage. They report it as a "superb tasting dessert apple, juicy, distinctly tart full flavored ... keeps for about a month ... very good early season cider". Sounded good to me. They give it a zone rating of 4-5 which is a little worrisome but I decided to give it a try anyway



2021 - Grafted another Carroll to even out the top. Tree did fine, even had a few blossoms. Carroll grafts look good. Interesting that in the fall the Carroll grafts dropped their leaves with most other apples, Canadian Strawberry tree didn't, as usual (along with Black Oxford and a few others).


2020 - Mid April pruned off 2 lowest branches. Good year, healthy, moderate growth. Carroll grafts on leader growing fine (2018-19).


2019 - Good year, healthy, moderate growth. Grafted two more Carrolls just below last year's; one died.


2018 - Grew well, vigorous 9-19" growth. Looking good. Didn’t drop leaves though cold fall. Grafted hardy Carroll onto top leader to hopefully help hardiness. Graft grew 6".


2017 - Tied down lower side branch to more horizontal. Pruned off one of two centers. Looking good, nice moderate growth. Didn’t drop leaves in fall (once again). Plan to graft something hardy to top of center leader. Concerned about continued hardiness/dormancy.


2016 - Doing better, more growth. Keep main "new trunk" branch dominant (tied to lower branch to more upright position--worked well). Prune off bottom branch next year, too large diameter.


2015 - Doing fine but slow growth. Chose one of the surviving branches and tied it more upright, pruned the others back, removing one.


2014 - Hard winter. Died back to snow line over winter. Several limbs below 2 ft snow survived. let grow. I need to pay more attention to those zone ratings!


2013 - Purchased from Fedcoon standard Antonovka rootstock, as a fall ripening apple with unknown parentage. They report it as a "supurb tasting dessert apple, juicy distinctly tart full flavored ... very good early season cider". Sounded good to me. They give it a zone rating of 4-5 which is a little worrisome but I decided to give it a try anyway.

That first year the leaves had some scab, blight and rust. Two large caterpillars devoured most of the leaves before I noticed them. But the tree regrew leaves and finished the season OK.



Early Fall. Morden 354 (Patten Greening x open-pollinated). Canada Research Stn, Morden, Manitoba, 1925. considered the best for fresh eating.


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